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Why are humans "greedy"?


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#1    Mr Walker

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:40 PM

Deliberately vague. Deliberately open. I dont want to say any more, including my own train of thought, for fear of directing peoples' thoughts, but I'd be interested in any opinions, spiritual or physical, on this.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world..

Be cheerful.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:49 PM

Because they can be! If the stuff(whatever it is), is available, why not have as much as you want? Why stop just for the sake of stopping?
Is it a basic instinct to stockpile for leaner times?

Life is all too much ............................................. and not enough.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:50 PM

greedy is the 'moral' term for survival of the fittest.


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Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:53 PM

Because it's mine!

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 12:07 AM

Because we only really care for ourselves. Us, no one else.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 12:39 AM

Copernicus came to me in a dream and told me I was the center of the universe, so I believed him.. It's all about me me me

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:05 AM

View PostBeckys_Mom, on 14 December 2012 - 12:39 AM, said:

Copernicus came to me in a dream and told me I was the center of the universe, so I believed him.. It's all about me me me

It can't be all about you because it is MINE!!!

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:08 AM

"Greedy" is a subjective judgement which not only depends on who you ask, but is based on abstract ideals of right and wrong which are meaninggless to nature. Why then should it be assumed to be something inherent or natural to the human condition?

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:09 AM

Greed isn't a human trait.

Greed comes from Money & Value and is a symptom of our system of monetary control over the people..


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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:25 AM

View PostProfessor T, on 14 December 2012 - 01:09 AM, said:

Greed isn't a human trait.

Greed comes from Money & Value and is a symptom of our system of monetary control over the people..
you've never seen the greedy monkeys at the zoo? lol


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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:27 AM

View PostProfessor T, on 14 December 2012 - 01:09 AM, said:

Greed isn't a human trait.

Greed comes from Money & Value and is a symptom of our system of monetary control over the people..

In other words, greed occurs because system affords money/value to certain people/things over others unjustly, disproportionately? What's the only just and proper way to distribute it equitably? I have the answer of course, nobody else does ... At least I did, until I decided it was unfair for me to have it, while everyone else is forced to do wtihout, so I decided to forget it, so I can be first among equal .. .ly ignorant. ( just kidding )

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:34 AM

View PostJGirl, on 14 December 2012 - 01:25 AM, said:

you've never seen the greedy monkeys at the zoo? lol
True that..
But monkeys aren't human..
Put it this way. If there was no Money.. No form of currency.. No banks.. Would there be Greed?
Human society would quickly learn that it's in there best interests to serve each other instead of themselves..

The Monkey analogy is good though.. Nothing more dangerous than a hungry neighbour.. so feed him.


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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:40 AM

View PostProfessor T, on 14 December 2012 - 01:34 AM, said:

True that..
But monkeys aren't human..
Put it this way. If there was no Money.. No form of currency.. No banks.. Would there be Greed?
Human society would quickly learn that it's in there best interests to serve each other instead of themselves..

The Monkey analogy is good though.. Nothing more dangerous than a hungry neighbour.. so feed him.
i'm a firm advocate of feed your neighbor. charity begins right next door - not in the pockets of some obscure organization.
about the monkeys...er i mean humans... without a monetary system
it would be something. as humans we have personalities and egos to feed. that requires being more being better. so you gather up and horde the stuff that makes you better in that society.
in ours, it's money and material possessions. i can't imagine how a society could function without some sort of trade system. as long as there is a trading system there will be greed.


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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:43 AM

View PostImaginarynumber1, on 14 December 2012 - 01:05 AM, said:

It can't be all about you because it is MINE!!!

Take your head out of the clouds, those happen to be mine   lol

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 01:45 AM

View PostJGirl, on 14 December 2012 - 01:40 AM, said:

i'm a firm advocate of feed your neighbor. charity begins right next door - not in the pockets of some obscure organization.
about the monkeys...er i mean humans... without a monetary system
it would be something. as humans we have personalities and egos to feed. that requires being more being better. so you gather up and horde the stuff that makes you better in that society.
in ours, it's money and material possessions. i can't imagine how a society could function without some sort of trade system. as long as there is a trading system there will be greed.
I think that's spot on.

I also think we have a lot to learn from the Amazon tribes... except canibalism.. :unsure2:





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